by Nicholas Mitchell
Table of contents
How to Choose the Right Face Mask? Differences and main
Step by step tutorial to make your mask with paper pattern
Homemade mask – Type 1
– Materials & Tools
– Step 1: Paper pattern with measures
– Step 2: Non-woven fabric cutting
– Step 3: Fold and insert Baking paper
– Step 4: Seam
– Step 5: Cutting and folding
– Step 6: Nose cover
– Step 7: Final Seams
– Step 8: Metal wire for nose cover
– Step 9: Elastic tape
– Step 10: Wear your homemade face mask
Homemade mask – Type 2 (Easier and Faster for emergency)
– Materials & Tools
– Step 1: Cut Baking paper
– Step 2: Fold
– Step 3: Close and fix
– Step 4: Elastic tape
– Step 5: Wear your emergency face mask
In this guide we will show you how to make 2 different types of protective face masks at home using easily available materials and with simple steps that anyone can do without special skills. In this period of virus pandemic emergency this practical guide could save the lives of many people since the masks on the market may not be enough for everyone and difficult to find in stores.
First of all is very important to know what are the various masks categories on the market, their protective characteristics and their differences. After that we will describe the necessary steps to make a mask at home which obviously is not certified like those on the market but which has almost the same characteristics. Reading this guide, we can all contribute to the protection from infection with appropriate precautions and anyone can wear his mask without worrying about not being able to buy one.
How to Choose the Right Face Mask? Differences and main categories
The first thing you need to know is that the masks differ in 2 macro categories: those to protect against viruses and those to protect people from chemical and dangerous substances present in some works. In this emergency situation both are used. Filtering masks against micro particles present in the air and toxic substances are very common in working environments and are divided into 3 protection classes: FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3 where the abbreviation FFP stands for “Filtering Face Piece”.
These masks are mandatory in environments where the limit value of the maximum contraction of dust, smoke and aerosol in the air is exceeded (OEL: Occupational Exposure Limit).
Surgical masks and other models such as the N95 are often used in medical and hospital environments. We see below the characteristics of these masks and the categories of use.